The north eastern club just about saved themselves from getting relegated. Goal's Kaustav Bera analyses their season and gives his verdict...
By Kaustav Bera
Goal in its end of season special analyses the performance of all the teams in India's top flight and in this piece, we focus on Shillong Lajong.
Rangdajied United FC
Expectation : The new kids on the block, Rangdajied United had earned their time in the top tier of Indian football courtesy of their triumph in the second division. Expectations were naturally muted for the first time contestants. However they roped in former ONGC manager Santosh Kashyap and were hoping to stay up, if that could be classified as season's objective. Infact after the first couple of games, then coach Kashyap had this to say, "I'm sure this team is not meant for relegation."
Result: While they did indeed save relegation like Kashyap claimed but it turned ugly and moreover, Kashyap was not
|STAT OF THE SEASON
Rangdajied conceded more goals than anyone
else (38 goals) even more than the relegated
The Coach : Santosh Kashyap's stint at the club didn't go as planned as the team could garner a mere 12 points from 16 matches. Hering Shengpliang was thurst into the limelight to save the day. With the team rooted to the bottom position with only two wins in sixteen matches under Kashyap, the board decided to that they needed a change at the top.
Shengpliang however managed to carve a remarkable turnaround with the help of the inspirational Ranti Martins. In the eight remaining matches Rangdajied picked up 13 points, more than his predecessor did in half the time and saved the blushes. And the wins were against top class oppositions as they stunned Bengaluru FC and Salgaocar FC. While Ranti will run away with much of the applause for saving the season, Shangplaing deserves equal plaudits for engineering the great escape for a team which looked destined for relegation.
Where it went wrong: The foreign recruits failed to click with the likes of Ho Jun Shing and Edmar Figueira drawing blanks all around. Having conceded 38 goals all season it could have been forgiven had they scored many, but the 29 goals scored don't make for good reading in the context. Even after recruiting five players from IMG-Reliance, the likes of Gouramangi Singh and Subrata Paul, the situation didn't change.
|Top 3 Performances
1. Rangadjied United 3-2 Pune FC
2. Rangdajied United 3-2 Bengaluru FC
3. Salgaocar 1-2 Rangdajied United
|Top Player of the Season
|Flop Player of the Season
“I have done nothing with the team. All of them are good players and they just needed to be motivated and I do that."
- Hering Shengpliang
(Rangdajied United manager)